Promoting Rural Broadband Networks and Applications
Smart Rural Community® (SRC) promotes rural broadband networks and applications that communities can leverage to support innovative economic development, education, health care, government services, public safety and other vital public functions.
SRC recognizes top-performing broadband providers and their communities through its Showcase Awards; offers grants for innovative technology deployments in the Collaboration Challenge program; and provides educational resources and programming.
The annual SRC Showcase Awards are presented to NTCA members to recognize their extraordinary achievements in promoting rural broadband networks and applications in rural communities. Awards are based on the demonstrated use of these technologies to support innovative economic development, education, health care, and other vital public functions.
The SRC Collaboration Challenge is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. Matching-fund obligations require local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.
- Navigating Partnerships for Rural Broadband
- Steel Sharpens Steel: A Conversation About Regional Thinking For Rural America
- Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth
- Beyond Rural Walls: Identifying Impacts and Interdependencies Among Rural and Urban Spaces
- Beyond Rural Walls: A Scholars’ Conversation About Rural and Urban Spaces
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- Conquering the Challenges of Broadband Adoption
- The Smart Rural Community
Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge Report
The SRC Collaboration Challenge funds have supported broadband access for financially-challenged students in Alaska; telehealth equipment for hospice patients in Minnesota; job training access on tribal lands in Montana; a network of community Wi-Fi across several towns in Vermont; and other applications.
The Smart Rural Community Advisory Council (SRCAC) supports the SRC initiative by providing the technical and business expertise essential to the implementation of the program. The SRCAC includes representatives from the communications, power utility, education, agriculture, public safety, health care and rural economic development industries. Certain NTCA member committees, as well as one NTCA staff liaison, are also represented on the council.